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The Silence of Doctors Around Alzheimer’s

“A fate worse than death,” my colleague muttered to me as we examined an elderly man admitted to the hospital with severe dementia. From his medical chart we knew that the patient had been an accomplished sculptor and intellectual contrarian. … Continue reading

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Measuring Cognitive Change in Subjects With Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease

Abstract Objective: To investigate the sensitivity of a large set of neuropsychological tests to detect cognitive changes due to prodromal Alzheimer’s disease(AD); to compare their metrological properties in order to select a restricted number of these tests for the longitudinal follow-up … Continue reading

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What Is Fisetin? And Does It Slow Dementia?

This is the Medscape Neurology Minute. I am Dr. Alan Jacobs. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have published a series of studies evaluating a flavonol called fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, that has been shown … Continue reading

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BrainBriefs: The Alcoholic Brain, Autoimmune Epilepsy

Molecular analysis of brain tissue from alcoholics revealed numerous differences from normal controls, potentially providing a key link connecting the brain to behavior in chronic alcoholism. Also, another study connects autoimmunity to at least some cases of epilepsy, and a … Continue reading

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Anesthesia, Surgery May Double Dementia Risk

Anesthesia and surgery significantly increase the risk for dementia, new research suggests. A large population-based study conducted by investigators at the Neurological Institute in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, in Taipei City, Republic of China, showed that the risk of developing … Continue reading

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New study ranks Alzheimer’s as third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer

Alzheimer’s disease likely plays a much larger role in the deaths of older Americans than is reported, according to a new study that says the disease may be the third-leading cause of death in the United States. The Centers for … Continue reading

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Culinary Culprits: Foods That May Harm the Brain

For all the attention paid to the negative effects poor dietary choices have on the body, the effects of diet on the brain are largely unexplored. However, emerging research is providing new insights to support the suggestion that food can … Continue reading

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What do you anticipate will be the most important clinical development in Alzheimer’s disease in 2014?

That’s the question we asked Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Allan Levey, MD, PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta, Alan J. Lerner, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and George … Continue reading

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Music, Art and Alzheimer’s

Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. Music Although music has been with us since the dawn of time, in the last few decades … Continue reading

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Patients’ self-reported memory slips may be early signs of Alzheimer’s

  Several new Alzheimer’s studies suggest adults who think they’re having memory slips or cognitive problems may be onto something. Four studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on July 17 in Boston show that a patient’s subjective concerns … Continue reading

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